Larry Dignan

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Latest Posts

Of pigeons, rats and SMS

New Scientist (February 4, 2006) reports that, continuing a tradition that goes back to ancient Egypt, pigeons may soon be used to transmit messages--specifically, SMS messages. UC Irvine researcher Beatrice da Costa is developing a miniature backpack with cell phone circuitry and sensors that detect carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.

February 27, 2006 by Ed Gottsman

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ZDNet readers chime in with own Treo horror stories

Judging by the emails I've been receiving and the discussion thread on yesterday's blog (see Treo 700w, Windows Mobile 5.0 marred by flaws), I guess I'm not alone in feeling as though the device isn't ready for primetime.

February 24, 2006 by David Berlind


Vyatta: Open source telecom

Om Malik writes about Vyatta, a open source startup building an enterprise class router that will compete with Cisco products. The versatile open-source application can direct data traffic for a giant corporation as easily as it can manage a home Wi-Fi network.

February 24, 2006 by Dan Farber


Old-school conferences R.I.P.

Last year (OK, it was only two months ago), when the idea of Mashup Camp was first hatched and its Web site was first launched (with no time or date selected for the event), I knew it needed to be an unconference. Other camps such as Bar Camp, Foo Camp, and Tag Camp -- each of which were unconferences -- had a sufficient amount of buzz to prove there was an appetite for the format.

February 23, 2006 by David Berlind


MashupCamp wrapup, Blackberry fate, Google Page Creator and more...

In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, David gives his overview on MashupCamp, which he conceived and hosted this week at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. We discuss the floating definition of "mashup," business models and some of the top mashups from the two-day event.

February 23, 2006 by Dan Farber


Who are you? Your government wants to know...

Back in the late 90's Utah proposed putting the driver's license on a smart card.  I thought this would be a great place to store state-issued digital keys tied to the identity on the driver's license.

February 22, 2006 by Phil Windley

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Sony's misguided e-book Reader

Jeffrey Young explains why he isn't a big fan of Sony's latest e-book reader:When is Sony going to get it?  Ever since the Trinitron and the Walkman, Japan's greatest consumer electronics business has stumbled from one bad product to another, fumbled every opportunity it has been handed to own digital assets, and seen its vaunted brand name eclipsed by Samsung among others.

February 22, 2006 by Dan Farber